Discover A Heavenly Oasis Just Outside of Downtown Los Angeles

Discover A Heavenly Oasis Just Outside of Downtown
Los Angeles of Decadent Wine+Food+Music at the 2nd Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Wine & Jazz Festival
 
Los Angeles County (March 27, 2014) – The Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association  2nd Annual Vintners Festival & Jazz In the Vineyard Event on Saturday, April 26, from 11am-4pm, at Reyes Winery in Agua Dulce, just 45 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles, features an unparalleled mix of great locally-produced wine and food, paired with illustrious live jazz music performed in a breathtakingly beautiful vineyard setting.

“You might say we’ve created a kind of  ‘holy trinity’ for voluptuaries of decadent wine+food+music in a heavenly oasis right outside of Downtown Los Angeles,” says Cyndee Donato of Donato Family Vineyard and Antelope Valley Winery, a Winemaker and member of the Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association. “And, the beauty of it is, almost no one knows we’re here, so our guests get to be the first to discover this burgeoning, wine frontier.”

Local Wine, Breweries, & Spirits Tastings will be from, among others, San Antonio Winery, —  Alonso Family Vineyards —  Bobcat –Chavez Vineyards– Du Nasi — Golden Star Vineyards  —  Harris Wine Biz  — High Desert Cellars — Coruce Vineyards — Oasis Vineyards — Six Foulkes —Magellan Gin   — Agua Dulce Winery — Absenthe — Pulchella Winery — Rhum Barbancourt   — Reyes Winery — Anhueser-Busch and other SPVVA Members.
Gourmet Bites will be supplied by delicious artisan food producers such as
Le Chene French Cuisine — Portos Bakery — Truffles n Toffee  —  California Bakery — Gourmet Blends and more to be announced.
The 2014 Festival’s Jazz-In-the-Vineyard Musical Lineup includes:
  • Quattro, the 2013 Latin Jazz Grammy Nominee for Best New Artist, a fresh, new innovative ensemble blending  Latin + Pop + Jazz + Classical creating their unique sound. Their debut album is “POPZZICAL”. Read more…
  • Lauren Koval, jazz vocalist & Paul McDonaldkeyboardist and arranger, performing Latin Jazz & Standards from the Great American Songbook. Read more…
  • Jon StephenTropical Brazilian Guitarist, performing his own genre of all original music of magical compositions ranging from smoky jazz to breezy bossa nova to serrano-like flamenco. Read more…
  • Still Moving Project, a group of dedicated, fun-loving musicians, making beautiful original music with a unique brand of melodic rock, country, folk, and jazz
The Arts & Crafts Exhibit will feature local artists including the find woodworks of Carlos Bacelar, Isidora Designs, DeSigns by Sandra Lane, andPrussmeier Pens. Also, MCigar returns with his highly coveted, hand-rolled fine smokes.
A portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit College of the Canyons, the Institute for the Culinary Arts, scheduled to open fall 2014. Sponsors for the event include Union Bank of California,  Galpin Motors, Rec Solar, TeeItUp, and All-American Containers. For more information on the 2014 Festival, and a up-to-date list of participants including wineries and other vendorsartists’ biographies and photographs, please visit the SPVVA website.
Media Contact: Georgina Stassi, Stassi & Associates, Media Relations for the Wine & Culinary Industrygeorgina.stassi@gmail.com310-613-7445. Find a Media Pass Request Form on SPVVA website. Reyes Winery is located at 10262 Sierra Highway in Agua Dulce, CA 91390.
About Sierra Pelona Valley AVA and SPVVA Vintners Association:
The Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association is an organization that brings together the talents and resources of its members, partners and community in order to promote the production and appreciation of fine wines grown or produced within the Sierra Pelona Valley AVA. Nestled in the Sierra Pelona Mountains of Southern California, just 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, the Sierra Pelona Valley’s untouched natural beauty provides the perfect environment for burgeoning vineyards, boutique wineries and outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can enjoy a day of discovery and relaxation exploring the area’s fine wineries, tasting rooms, events and hiking trails. For information on how to make the most of your time in Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Country, join the Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners on Facebook and follow along on Twitter.

Wine & Spice 101 – Striking a balance between Wines and Spices

“Ever wanted to learn how to pair wine with your food? Come learn the basics of pairing wines by focusing on the spices used in that dish. Don’t know about Spices? Don’t worry, we’ll cover those too!”

wineandspice101-300x300The Spice In Life in downtown Newhall is proud to be offering cooking courses enhancing your culinary experience.  From wine pairing to pizza making, The Spice In Life is sure to become a culinary hub for foodies in the Santa Clarita Valley. Claudia Sheridan, of atoasttome.com and WSET Level II graduate, will be facilitating monthly courses, Wine and Spice 101, focused on wine and spice education. The first Wine and Spice 101 course takes place Saturday, March 22 from 1:00 – 3:00pm.  Cost is $30/person and includes the wine and spice education, along with sample pairings to taste. The Spice In Life’s March course line-up includes:

Sat, March 8 – Pizza with Chef Cindy – Have you ever wanted to make the perfect pizza?  Come learn how to make delicious pizzas that will make you want to throw out those take-out menus.  $30/person 11:00 – 1:00pm Instructor: Cindy Smith

Thu, Mar 13 – St Patty’s Meal with Chef Liz – Chef Liz Pack from Devine Catering will be teaching us all about Corned Beef, along with roasted Carrots, Cabbage and Potatoes. Come learn her unique way to make this delicious meal for your family and friends, they will Love You! $30/person 7:00 – 9:00pm Instructor: Liz Pack

Sat, Mar 22 – Wine & Spice 101 – Ever wanted to learn how to pair wine with your food? Come learn the basics of pairing wines by focusing on the spices used in that dish.  Don’t know about Spices?  Don’t worry, we’ll cover those too!  $30/person  1:00 – 3:00pm Instructor: Claudia Sheridan

Thu, Mar 27- Spice Rubs with Chef Cindy – Tired of the same old flavors? Come learn how rubs elevate protein in a way you didn’t think was possible. Chef Cindy will teach you how to create a rub, as well as share with you her special “Magic Dust” recipe. $30/person 7:00 – 9:00pm Instructor: Cindy Smith

The Spice in LifeReservations are encouraged as seating is limited for all courses.  Courses include instruction, recipe(s) when available, tastings and an intimate learning environment where students are encouraged to interact, ask questions, and have a great time. For reservations, please contact The Spice In Life at 661-290-2700 or visit the store at 22722 Lyons Ave. #2, Santa Clarita, CA 91321.

Opolo Vineyards takes over for a night

Opolo Vineyards is located on a beautiful 70 acre mountain site in Paso Robles, but tonight they brought their wines to Santa Clarita Valley for a wine pairing dinner at Salt Creek Grille. Dave Nichols, co-owner of Opolo Vineyards, served as host for the evening telling us about the wines and sharing other stories from the vineyard. Dinner began with a generous pour of 2012 Albariño served with Lobster Flatbread Thermidor.  This pairing was a sexy one. The buttery lobster was delicious and the light acidity of the Albariño cut through leaving a lingering sense of Summer to come. IMG_5437_1200x900-300x225

Smoked Duck Breast Salad was served next with Opolo’s 2011 Grande Rouge.  The salad was absolutely delicious, made with Tuscan lettuce, aged goad cheese, blood orange supremes and candied pecans drizzled with a spicy pecan dressing.  The Grande Rouge is made up of Counoise, Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah and has the essence of dark berries.  In my opinion, this wine is one of the lighter wines Opolo has made, and I would enjoy it just as much without food as well.  I’ll have to pick up a bottle or 6 next time I’m up in Paso Robles.

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Opolo’s 2011 Petite Sirah paired  beautifully with the dry aged New York steak medallions, mashed potatoes and red wine sauce.  The dish included sautéed kale, but I found myself avoiding the kale because, well let’s face it, it is difficult to pair wine with kale and this was no exception.  The wine was big and bold and complimented the steak beautifully.  More please. IMG_5445_1200x900Dessert was a beautiful chocolate filled beignet served alongside stilton cheese and a wine berry sorbet that was to die for.  Opolo’s 2012 Mountain Zinfandel was a surprising pairing that provided a nice twist to dessert that worked really well.  The rich chocolate of the beignet, with the raspberry, vanilla, cayenne pepper and butterscotch of the Mountain Zinfandel – Absolutely Perfect! IMG_5448_1200x900-1024x768Salt Creek Grille and Opolo Vineyards are definitely a match made in heaven.  Not only did they produce an amazing wine pairing dinner, but they provided us with an evening of decadence, great company and something to write home about.

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Recipes

Chef Ignacio MunozWant to learn how to make the dishes?  So do I!  So I searched the internet and found a few recipes to hold us over until Chef Ignacio Munoz of Salt Creek Grille invites me in to learn the secrets of his dishes.

Mark your calendars it’s Wine Festival Time!

Who doesn’t love a wine festival?   The 2nd Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association Wine Festival is coming back this year and promises to be even better than their last one.  Whereas I wasn’t able to attend last year, I’m sure hoping to go this year.  Will I see you there?

2nd Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association Wine Festival
The Perfect Pairing of California Fine Wine & Good Living

February 17, 2014 (Los Angeles County) – Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association (SPVVA) will hold its 2nd Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association Wine Festival on Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reyes Winery in Agua Dulce.  Proceeds from the festival will benefit College of the Canyons, the Institute for the Culinary Arts, scheduled to open fall 2014. Guests will enjoy “ticketless” tastings of wine, beer, spirits, and gourmet fancy food samplings, all paired perfectly with a full day of good living and great experiences.  Guests will receive a complimentary commemorative tasting glass and plate, a specialty gift bag, and free parking. Festival attractions will include:

Wine, Beer & Spirits Tastings from San Antonio Winery, Alonso Family Vineyards, Chavez Vineyards, Golden Star Vineyards, Harris Wine Biz, High Desert Cellars, Oasis Vineyards, Agua Dulce Winery, Pulchella Winery, Reyes Winery, and other SPVVA Members.

Gourmet Bites, from delicious artisan food producers such as Le Chene French Cuisine, Truffles n Toffee, California Bakery, and more to be announced.

Arts & Crafts Exhibit featuring some of LA’s most esteemed artists and craftsmen including Bacelar Woodworks, Patina Soul, Prussmeier Fine Pens, and the paintings of Winemaker Robert Reyes.

Live Music from Quattro, the 2013 Latin Grammy Nominee for Best New Artist; and returning for a second year, the Still Moving Project.

Silent Auction and Raffle items will include Wine & Dine gift certificates, a variety of other wines, gift packages, artwork, and many more exciting items from the event’s sponsors. Sponsors for the event include Union Bank of California,  Galpin Motors, and Rec Solar.

VIP Treatment: With the purchase of a VIP Pass, guests will experience the private Winemaker’s tour and barrel tasting including early entrance at 11 a.m.; V.I.P. lounge reserve wine tasting paired with a gourmet lunch, plus all general admission ticket benefits. (Only a limited amount of VIP passes are available).Exclusive V.I.P. Access Event Passes will be available online at $90.00 until February 28. After February 28, V.I.P. passes will return to their original price of $100.00.

Purchase Tickets: Please visit the SPVVA website.  Prepaid general admission tickets are $65.00 and $75.00 at the door. Special-Benefit-Designated-Driver tickets are also available.

Reyes Winery is located at 10262 Sierra Highway in Agua Dulce, CA 91390.

Media Contact: Georgina Stassi, Stassi & Associates, Media Relations for the Wine & Culinary Industrygeorgina.stassi@gmail.com; 310-613-7445. See Media Pass Request Form on SPVVA website.

About Sierra Pelona Valley AVA and SPVVA Vintners Association:

The Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association is an organization that brings together the talents and resources of its members, partners and community in order to promote the production and appreciation of fine wines grown or produced within the Sierra Pelona Valley AVA. Nestled in the Sierra Pelona Mountains of Southern California, just 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, the Sierra Pelona Valley’s untouched natural beauty provides the perfect environment for burgeoning vineyards, boutique wineries and outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can enjoy a day of discovery and relaxation exploring the area’s fine wineries, tasting rooms, events and hiking trails. For information on how to make the most of your time in Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Country, join the Sierra Pelona Valley Vintner’s on Facebook and follow along on Twitter.

Five Dollars, That’s How Much A Cork is Worth at Gallo Family Vineyards through Every Cork Counts

Corks, those little compressed wood chips that keep our wines safe are pretty valuable this Holiday season. Gallo Family Vineyards is offering a $5.00 donation to Meals On Wheels for every cork that is mailed to them through December 31, 2013. This years goal is to receive a maximum of $100,000.00 worth of corks in their mailbox before the end of the year.

Why are they doing this? Because our parents and grandparents mean a lot to us! Did you know that one in every six seniors faces the threat of hunger? Makes sense, if you consider that our Government sometimes is too busy making sure that their jobs are secure rather than taking care of The People. But that’s an entirely different blog, right? Anyways, bottom line is that our Senior loved ones deserve better. Thank you Gallo Family Vineyards for making a difference by having raised over $225,000 over the past three years through the Every Cork Counts program!

So how can you help? Here are a couple of ways:

1. Take a few minutes away from Candy Crush and play a fun, interactive game at EveryCorkCounts.com . For every cork caught in their cork catching game, $0.10 will be donated to Meals On Wheels Association of America

2. When you open a bottle, or 10, save your corks and mail them to Every Cork Counts, P.O. Box 3017, Grand Rapids, MN 55745-1154. Participants are encouraged to use a padded or bubble envelope or tuf-pak to mail cork(s) with sufficient First Class postage. All corks must be postmarked between August 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 and received by January 11, 2014.

Easy right? Go ahead, make a difference this season. Don’t forget to leave a comment when you do.

For more information, please visit the following sites:

1. Gallo Family Vineyards® Invites Americans To Help Fight Hunger This Holiday Season
2. Gallo Family Vineyards
3. Meals On Wheels Association of America